Radiocarbon dating of papyrus
He said this showed it was a forgery and, by virtue of the fact they were likely written by the same artisan, so was the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife”.
Now, researchers at Columbia University are running new tests on the ink used on the papyrus, and say that early results rule out Askeland’s theory.
Although it sometimes requires taking minute samples of an object, even that damage may be unacceptable for some artifacts.
The new method does not involve removing a sample of the object.
If nobody else, Jull and Hodgins should be able to confirm the details of the tests run.
Christian Askeland, a research associate with the Institute for Septuagint and Biblical Research in Wuppertal, Germany, said radiocarbon dating showed the second papyrus, from the Gospel of John, was written 1,200 years ago in a language that had been extinct for 300 years.If authentic, the papyrus suggests some people in ancient times believed that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married.At the time of the discovery, King tentatively dated the papyrus to the fourth century A.The "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," a papyrus written in Coptic and containing text that refers to Jesus being married, is looking more and more like it is not authentic, research is revealing.A growing number of scholars have denounced the business card-sized papyrus as a fake, with recent op-eds appearing in The Wall Street Journal and on CNN.